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La fièvre monte à El Pao (Fever Mounts at El Pao) (1959)

La fièvre monte à El Pao (Fever Mounts at El Pao) (1959)

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Luis Bunuel's film about infighting to succeed an assassinated Latin American leader. Gerard Philipe, Maria Felix, Jean Servais. Garcia: Raoul Dantes. Prof. Gardenas: Domingo Soler.

Cast

Gérard Philipe
as Ramon Vasquez
María Félix
as Ines Vargas
Jean Servais
as Alejandro Gual

Critic Reviews for La fièvre monte à El Pao (Fever Mounts at El Pao)

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

This is not vintage Bunuel, but Mr. Philipe is unexpectedly good as the muddled idealist.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
Top Critic

As Buñuel's most directly political work, it certainly warrants a look.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Buñuel's sharp-toothed study, with unmistakable traces of Huston, Clouzot, and Franco's Spain

February 6, 2010 | Full Review…
CinePassion

What with all the missives and writs of agenda waiting to be signed, Fever Mounts in El Pao is noticeably burdened by excess paperwork.

June 18, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for La fièvre monte à El Pao (Fever Mounts at El Pao)

As the peasants starve, Ines(Maria Felix), the wife of Governor Vargas(Miguel Angel Ferriz), is carrying on an affair with Colonel Olivares(Roberto Canedo). Just as the peasants are about to be fed meat on a national holiday, Garcia(Raul Dantes) assassinates Vargas in front of everyone. That only makes Ines' life more complicated as she is now stranded on the island, with Vasquez(Gerard Philipe), the governor's former secretary, professing his love for her while trying to institute a reform or two. "Fever Rises in El Pao" is pretty good as a transitional film for Luis Bunuel, as he seeks to take more of a global approach while indulging some of his perverse fascinations at the same time. Disappointingly, he also bites off more than he can chew, especially in the crowd scenes, as he seems much more interested in having something to say than in telling a story. That involves Vasquez who comes under a great deal of scrutiny on his road to hell paved with good intentions.

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